World-famous film director, Danny Boyle, said one of his biggest regrets of 2013 was not being able to attend the ‘Return of Colmcille’ event in Derry in June.
Boyle, whose 2008 film, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ won eight Academy Awards, including one for Best Director, was in Derry at the weekend as part of the City of Culture event Cinema City.
“I am sorry I wasn’t able to be here for ‘The Return of Colmcille’, I was away at the time.
“I did manage to see some of it on video, it looked absolutely amazing. I was really chuffed about it for Frank [Cottrell Boyce] - he’s a great man.”
Frank Cottrell Boyce is an awardwinning screenwriter and wrote the material for Derry’s ‘The Return of Colmcille’.
Cottrell and Boyle delivered the iconic opening ceremony at last year’s Olympic Games in London.
Saturday wasn’t the first visit to Derry for ‘Sunshine’ director Boyle. In fact, 17 years ago his world famous film, ‘Trainspotting’ was shown to the public for the first time in Derry.
“I was in Derry almost 20 years ago for what was the first public screening of ‘Trainspotting’ in the world. So it’s been lovely to be able to come back and do a bit of a Q&A with Frank [Cottrell Boyce], especially because of his connection with the city this year with writing ‘The Return of Colmcille’.
“I have always had a good relationship with Derry, Belfast and Armagh. I’ve stayed in many lovely places around the North. I made a little film years ago in the Mourne mountains, which I absolutely loved, and I really love the North Antrim coast too - it’s such a lovely part of the world here.
“My family are all Irish originally so I had no hesitation in coming back to Derry when the opportunity presented itself.”
Boyle and Frank Cottrell Boyce took part in an ‘In Conversation’ event in St. Columb’s Hall on Saturday evening before Boyle went to the Brunswick Moviebowl to introduce a special screening of ‘Trainspotting’.
When asked if he would like to make a film in Derry the Radcliffe-born filmmaker said if the script was right he’d be back in a heartbeat.
“Obviously there are a lot of factors to take in when deciding on where to shoot a film but if the circumstances were correct and script up to scratch I’d have no problem with making a movie here.
“It’s a fantastic city you have here.”